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i see flashes of light or beams of white light in my side vision there is no pain should i see a doctor ?

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Dr. Avi Bitton
42 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes: Good chance that there is nothing to worry about, but it's important to have this checked out by an ophthalmologist who'll do a dilated retinal exam.
Answered on Apr 16, 2015
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Dr. Ester Kwok
32 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: One might even consider going to the er, especially if this is of sudden onset. Possible causes with those symptoms include retinal detachment ( which is an urgent problem) or ocular migraine ( not so urgent).
Answered on Feb 9, 2012
Dr. Kenneth Miller
54 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes: Flashes may indicate a retinal problem. Safe better than sorry so get dilated exam.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013
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Dr. Harvey Fishman
21 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes: This can be the early signs of a retinal tear or detachment and should be examined by an ophthalmologist .'.
Answered on Mar 7, 2015
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